Monsoon rains create magic, casting a spell on us.
In Bangladesh, the rainy season is blessed by the tropical monsoon climate -- it is colourful, like a rainbow. After a day-long heavy rainfall, a sudden rainbow flashes across the sky.
The poet Nazrul tried to portray the hidden beauty of the monsoon through his songs: “Esho hey shojolo shyamo ghono deya, chanchalo shaymolo elo gogone.”
Tagore was also mesmerised by the beauty of monsoon, and tried to convey his feelings thus: “Elo boroshar shoghono dibosh, bonoraji aaji bakul bibosh, bakul bithika mukul-e motto kannon-pore, nabo kadambo shodir gondhe akul kore.”
In the rainy season, the haors, baors (wetlands), and rivers become a sea, and nature decorates itself with water everywhere, village-streets are covered with mud, and everywhere there is the sound of frogs and insects, and so much more.
Most countries of the world are bereft of the blessings and beauty of the monsoon climate.
Bengalis have always been attached to the season, and have been influenced by its beauty -- there is a touch of monsoon in all the festivals.
The rainy season not only brings blessings, it also brings with it some hazards. But mostly, the majestic sound of rain creates a hallucination -- as if it’s a magical sound of the flute that takes one away from the Earth and the brings back again.
We Bengalis are always ready to host. Many traditional foods like khichuri with hilsa fish, different kind of bhortas -- chili, dried fish, fried beans, are quite common in the menus of most houses in Bangladesh during the rainy season.
Bengalis have always been attached to the season, and have been influenced by its beauty -- there is a touch of monsoon in all the festivals
This is the season of fish, especially hilsa fish.
The mouth-watering taste and smell of different preparations of the hilsa is another specialty of Bangladesh. Like other seasons, the rainy season is very suitable for a visit.
Many festivals, fairs, and games are organised in Bangladesh during the rainy season. Among them “nouka baich” (boat race), “ha-du-du” and other indoor games like ludo and cards are quite common. “Pala gaan” is very popular in some regions of Bangladesh.
Fishing in the rivers is a mesmerising experience.
The season of flowers and fruits
The majestic beauty and fragrance of flowers such as kadam, hizal, and juthika create magic everywhere. The Beauty of white kashfuls beside riverbanks is unimaginable.
The list of fruits of the rainy season in Bangladesh may also amaze tourists travelling through Bangladesh.
Fruits like pineapple, guava, dalim, and karamcha, nuncha are not only delicious, but are all very nutritious.
Many people involved in tourism claim that the rainy season in Bangladesh itself is a product. They arrange monsoon holiday packages for visitors who come to enjoy the beauty of the monsoon climate.
Bangladesh is called a riverine country. We are also the biggest delta of the world. We ought to do more to attract visitors every year to travel by boat from the origin of the rivers to the end, and experience the beauty of the delta.
Md Ziaul Haque Howlader is Head of PR, Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation. He may be reached at [email protected]